UCLA did it for 20 minutes.
Can the Bruins hold on for 20 more?
Seventh-ranked UCLA took a 30-21 halftime lead over second-ranked Stanford in the championship game of the Pacific Life Pac-10 women's basketball tournament at Staples Center.
It is the first time that Stanford has trailed at halftime since a Dec. 19 loss at Tennessee. And it could have been an even larger margin for UCLA if the Bruins had capitalized on numerous second chances they created with hustle on the offensive end.
UCLA is playing a scrappy zone defense that has denied Stanford opportunities to get the ball inside to junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 32 points in a semifinal victory over Arizona.
Meantime, UCLA guard's Doreena Campbell (nine points) and Darxia Morris (eight points) are doing an excellent job penetrating to the basket for shots and passes. Forward Markel Walker (five points) also has set up teammates with outstanding interior passing.
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-- Gary Klein